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a major cash injection for england's schools — the prime minister pledges billions of pounds over the next three years. it comes after warnings by parents and teachers of a funding crisis in schools and colleges. one head gives it a cautious welcome. i think it will make an enormous difference. i think the devil will be in the detail. it will be interesting to see how much money we get next year rather than how much money we get in three years because costs rise. we'll be asking just where the money's coming from and if this is the clearest sign yet that an election could be on the way. also this evening... borisjohnson accuses mps who are trying to block a no—deal brexit of actually making it more likely. a wave of arrests in hong kong ahead of a planned pro—democracy rally tomorrow. the protest has now been banned.
as brazil bans setting fires to clear land for 60 days, we report from deep in the rainforest. and why experts are warning that hrt for the menopause carries a higher breast cancer risk than previously thought. and coming up on bbc news... england's leading test wicket—taker, james anderson, is out of the ashes against australia after a recurrence of the calf injury that cut short his first test. good evening. schools in england are being promised billions more in spending over the next three years in an announcement from borisjohnson. it will amount to just over £7 billion more than at present by 2023. the spending pledge follows warnings
by heads and teachers of a worsening funding crisis in schools and colleges. it's unclear where the money is coming from, but with a spending review due next week, it's another indication that an early election may be on the cards. here's our political correspondent, alex forsyth. the prime minister hosted a press conference today with a younger crowd than usual. convenient, then, that number 10 had this news ready for a group of school aged journalists. we are putting a lot more money into schools, you will be pleased to know. pleased, yes, but there was some scepticism. where is this money going to come from? are you going to have to cut money from other things? no, we're not cutting money from other things. but for years, ministers have been holding tight to the country's purse strings, despite schools crying out for more cash. so is all this part of spending ahead of a possible election? he says not. it is simply not fair if you have kids in schools where funding has fallen so far behind. we are lifting up, levelling up across the country.
that's the right thing to do now. the money is there and we will make sure that we pursue economic policies supporting business, supporting enterprise, so that we grow the economy further to pay for further such investments. snap! this primary school in leicestershire, like many, has been struggling to balance the books. it even considered closing for half a day a week but decided not to after asking parents. but across the country, schools have had to cut staff in some cases, ask parents to contribute towards costs. here, the head of this academy trust gave a cautious welcome to the new funding. i think it will make an enormous difference. i think the devil will be in the detail. it will be interesting to see how much we will get next year or now when we really need it, knowing that more money is coming. we need that money as soon as possible back in schools. in fact, it all starts from next year. in secondary schools,
funding for each pupil will go up from a minimum of £4,800 to £5,000. the year after, in primary schools, it will increase from at least £3,500 to £4,000 per pupil. in total, schools in england will have an extra £7.1 billion to spend in 2022 compared to this year. all adding up to some £14 billion more over three years. this is a significant increase over three years for schools. it will relieve some of the pressures on their budgets, it will mean that their funding per pupil returns to its level back in 2010. after years of austerity, this is not the only spending commitment this government has made, fuelling speculation it is preparing for a possible early general election. while this money for schools, like this one, has broadly been welcomed, some teaching unions want more detail about when it will be delivered in full. schools and colleges are having to
make staffing cuts and i'm not sure the announcement will help with the immediate and what we know of course is that there is a general election in the offing and therefore some of the promises made to date, we will have to see how they materialise and whether the people making them other people who will be able to lead deliver on them. but for now, a significant boost is on the way for schools, many of which have been struggling with their sums for a while. we are expecting further announcements tomorrow the chancellor about at money for a further education colleges and sixth forms ahead of a spending review when next week the government will set out limits for how much money each department has. there are still questions about exactly where all this funding is coming from. i'm told by a number 10 we can expect some more detail on that next week as well but for now it seems boris johnson's still relatively new government is keen on making announcements that it thinks will prove popular with the public. alex,
many thanks. alex forsyth there. the prime minister has accused opposition mps and rebel conservatives of undermining brexit negotiations with brussels. borisjohnson said the uk was less likely to get the deal it wanted if the eu thought mps were trying to block a no—deal exit. mrjohnson's facing fierce criticism for his decision to suspend parliament next month. among those opposing the move is the former conservative prime minister sirjohn major, who's joined a legal case at the high court to halt the suspension. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young reports from westminster. save our democracy! stop the coup! when it comes to brexit, feelings run high. this week's announcement that parliament would not sit for five weeks brought angry protesters to the gates of downing street. the government insists mps still have plenty of time to express their views. critics say borisjohnson is behaving like a tinpot dictator. when you became prime minister, you talked about uniting the country
but now you're talking about forcing through a no—deal brexit, something that you know democratically elected parliament does not agree with. you're being deliberately divisive, aren't you? we want to do a deal. i've talked over the last few days to lots of leaders around the eu and everybody can see the rough shape of what needs to be done. it's going to take work. it's going to take a lot of energy for us to get there. and the best way to do that is if our friends and partners over the channel don't think that brexit can be somehow blocked by parliament. they're trying to block no deal, they're not trying to block brexit. there trying to block a no—deal brexit. the weird thing is that the more the parliamentarians try to block the no—deal brexit, the more likely it is that we will end up in that situation. so, the best thing now is for us to get on and make our points to our european friends with clarity and with vigour and that's
what we're doing. but now this former conservative prime minister says he will challenge mrjohnson in court. sirjohn major knows all about tory fights over europe. they plagued his time in office. today he offered to help campaigners make their case that the government is breaking the law. that is one battle — the other will be fought in parliament. they will have less time, but opposition parties and some tories will try to change the law to force the government to delay brexit again. i hope that parliament will take a series of actions in a proper, orderly way, that, by the end of the week mean that borisjohnson knows that, as prime minister, he has the backing of many, many of us to get a deal but if he doesn't get a deal, he is going to have to seek an extension. to succeed, mps from several parties will need to work together. so, are they confident? i'm always hopeful and i don't want to make predictions.
is the right thing to do and i believe a majority of mps recognise that a no deal exit is very damaging to our economy. meanwhile, ministers have promised to step up the tempo on talks with the eu but ireland's deputy prime minister isn't sounding optimistic. at the moment, nothing credible has come from the british government in the context of an alternative to the backstop. and if that changes, great. we will look at it in dublin but, more importantly, it can be the basis of a discussion in brussels. but it has got to be credible. borisjohnson is being asked searching questions from many sides. did you always have the ambition of being prime minister? well, no, iwanted... i had various ambitions. i briefly thought that i could be a rock star but then i had a plan to be... i wanted to make kitchen tiles. that was a total flop. he will hope his brexit strategy doesn't end up the same way. vicki young, bbc news, westminster.
one of the chancellor sajid javid's advisers has been sacked by downing street amid efforts to impose greater staff discipline in whitehall. sonia khan was questioned about government lea ks by borisjohnson's senior adviser, dominic cummings. there was no evidence that ms khan had put sensitive information in the public domain. mrjavid has refused to comment on her sacking amid reports that he hadn't been told in advance that she was to be dismissed. a judge at scotland's highest civil court has refused to order an immediate halt to borisjohnson's decision to suspend parliament. the court will instead hear full arguments next week. 0ur scotland editor, sarah smith, is outside the court. so, who's won here? well, the appellants who brought this case did not get the judge to do what they wanted which was to issue this immediate ban to stop boris johnson's plans issue this immediate ban to stop borisjohnson's plans today. but the judge did agree to fast track this
case so judge did agree to fast track this case so that next week the court of session will give a full ruling on whether or not the prime minister is acting legally. thejudge said it was in the public interest to have this case which had been brought by a cross—party group of mps and peers heard at as soon as possible so he will hear arguments on tuesday. we expect a ruling on wednesday and the key thing to remember with this timetable is that the first date on which parliament could be suspended is next friday so we will get the ruling before then. there was a rather surprising thing that happened in court. the lawyer who was representing the anti—brexit politicians said that he thought that boris johnson politicians said that he thought that borisjohnson should give to the court a sworn statement under oath outlining his reasons for wanting to prorogue parliament. the uk but government said they were happy with the outcome of the case today. many thanks, sarah. so, next week will look something like this. mps return to westminster on tuesday. they'd normally be sitting for a fortnight before breaking for the party conferences.
0n the same day the court of session in scotland is due to hold that full hearing that sarah was referring to on the legality of suspending parliament. the following day is then due to be taken up with the chancellor sajid javid's statement on government spending and boris johnson's first prime minister's questions. then the next day, a court is due to hear the legal challenge from gina miller and sirjohn major on suspending parliament. there is also a further hearing in northern ireland the following day. and if all those legal challenges fail, parliament is due to be suspended some time between the 9th and 12th of september. let's speak to vicki young who's in westminsterfor us. a packed week ahead, and who knows what will happen? that's right, borisjohnson is facing battles on all fronts. firstly that court case, the extraordinary prospect of a former conservative prime minister, sir john major, suggesting he is willing to give evidence in court to prove that the current conservative prime minister is acting unlawfully. then
you have that parliamentary battle and, for all the protests and anger about the suspension of parliament, actually most mps think they do have time to maybe change the law, get a bill through that would force boris johnson to delay brexit again. downing street thinks that would be an awful prospect, they think it is an awful prospect, they think it is a complete waste of time and the last thing people want, a delay for no particular reason, for no purpose, just adding to uncertainty. really, by the end of next week, and i think really, by the end of next week, and ithink mps really, by the end of next week, and i think mps probably do have the numbers to achieve that, boris johnson might possibly wish he had opted for the career of a rock star after all! many thanks. vicki young, oui’ after all! many thanks. vicki young, our chief political correspondent. there've been a series of arrests of prominent pro—democracy activists and politicians in hong kong in a sign the authorities are taking an increasingly tough line. they have banned more street protests planned for tomorrow.
demonstrators first took to the streets three months ago, demanding the authorities withdraw plans to allow people to be extradited to face trial in mainland china. since then, huge numbers have joined the protests, also calling for free elections and for charges to be dropped against protesters. from hong kong, john sudworth reports. there are some flashing images from the start. past the waiting press pack, two of the best—known figures in hong kong's pro—democracy movement were swept into court. hundreds have already been detained in the summer of fury, as fears over chinese rule have led to increasingly violent clashes. but with prominent members of the city's parliament also picked up, these latest high—profile arrests are being seen as much more political, a point made on the steps of the court after a successful bail review. the level of media interest here speaks for itself.
far from de—escalating the crisis, the arrest of this young man and others is only likely to fuel concern about the erosion of hong kong's freedoms and legal protections. we are strongly aware of how president xijinping and the beijing government are the ones who back and endorse hong kong police to conduct such mass arrests and prosecution. we hong kong people won't give up and won't be scared by these injustices. today the police insisted that they are just following the law, threatening further arrests for anyone joining unauthorised protests this weekend. meanwhile, china has released more video of paramilitary forces conducting anti—riot drills. as the messages get tougher, they may dissuade some. but others are only likely to be further emboldened. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong.
our top story this evening... a major cash injection for england's schools. the prime minister pledges just over £7 billion over the next three years. and still to come... flying the flag, but is it too difficult, and too expensive, to become british? coming up on sportsday on bbc news... rangers have been charged with racism for a second time by uefa and will have to close a section of their stadium for theirfirst europa league group game as punishment. the president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, has banned setting fires to clear land for 60 days in response to the massive increase in the number of fires in the amazon rainforest. mr bolsonaro has faced intense criticism at home and abroad for failing to protect the rainforest. the amazon, which helps to slow down the pace of global warming, has seen more than 80,000 fires break out so far this year.
right now, there are close to 2,000 burning in the region. sophie long reports now from novo progresso, in para state, deep in the amazon. this was once lush rainforest, but now sparse land, a result of deforestation in the years gone by. but this year there has been a massive surge in the number of fires set to clear the trees and the landscape along the bau road that takes us deep into the jungle bears the scars of the blazes that are now threatening a whole way of life. in the bau indigenous village they are preparing for a naming ceremony for the latest addition to this tight—knit, traditional community. but as they prepare to celebrate new life, the village chief tells me the threat to his people is increasing with every day of jair bolsonaro's presidency. translation: if the president continues with his policies, he will diminish indigenous lands so that he can confine us and exterminate us.
that is what will happen. next year, the burning will be even bigger, but we will be here fighting and resisting. we are prepared to die fighting for our land because we are warriors that are not afraid of the brazilian government. as the fires continue to burn, the smoke continues to rise from the forest. in novo progresso there is a heavy haze all around. it is smothering the city and it's choking its children. carla te silva's three—year—old daughter has pneumonia. she is convinced she contracted it because of the smoke. she says if she doesn't get the right treatment, she could die. translation: the lives of our children are being jeopardised by people that don't have any sense. they are doing harm to other people, they are just thinking about themselves. it is something i don't have words for. they do the damage and we are the ones who suffer, the children and their mothers.
i asked the nurse on duty if children's lives are being put at risk. yes, she tells me, not just the children, it's dangerous for everyone. translation: this is a huge problem. if things keep going like this, unfortunately the consequences will be even worse than the ones we are already witnessing. even though it is not happening inside of our own homes, we are all living in this place. everybody here wants the smoke to go away. even when the fires have been put out this is what remains — scorched earth, charred skeletons of trees. the dense rain forest that once stood here is no more, the species that lived in it are gone. all that remains is the flat, black land of deforestation and this has happened in more than 80,000 places across the amazon this year alone. sophie long, bbc news, novo progresso in the amazon.
five teenagers have been arrested following a fire at a hotpoint factory in peterborough last night. the teenagers aged between 15 and 19 are been questioned after up to £2 million worth of damage was caused to nearly 50 lorries. the australian government says the great barrier reef is continuing to deteriorate because of climate change. a new report says rising sea temperatures, caused by global warming, have caused two major events of coral bleaching. fertilisers and pesticides getting in the water have also had an impact. the reef‘s prospects have been downgraded to "very poor", jeopardising its world heritage status. women who have hrt for the menopause experience an increased risk of developing breast cancer for more than a decade after treatment ends, according to a major study. researchers from oxford university looked at more than 100,000 women from around the world and say the results mean the risk of breast cancer is double what women are currently being told. here's james gallagher.
you think why am i suddenly feeling like this? three women, nicky, andrei and diane, all united by their experience of menopause. andrei and diane, all united by their experience of menopauselj andrei and diane, all united by their experience of menopause. i got very close to taking my own life, so it may be feel suicidal. this is not a walk in the park? no, not at all. farfrom a walk in the park? no, not at all. far from it. a walk in the park? no, not at all. farfrom it. and brain fog and memory problems. i was losing my temper over ridiculous things, really rage filled anger. one of the most scary things is the fear of dementia. why can't i remember that? why can't i remember where dementia. why can't i remember that? why can't i rememberwhere i dementia. why can't i remember that? why can't i remember where i have been? over the decision of taking hrt, there are known risks, how did you come to that decision? is it easy or difficult? before, i was determined i was going to do it naturally because i had only heard
the horror stories. then when the symptoms started i thought, this is really difficult. initially i did not take it and that was around this lack of information, what i knew was very outdated. but i can honestly say i would not have been here today without it, it has saved my life, there is no doubt about it. with hindsight do any of you regret the decision? absolutely not. not at all. hrt increases the risk of breast cancer for more than a decade after treatment stops. they believe the dangers are twice as high as previously thought, but what does that mean? for every 50 women taking daly oestrogen and progestin therapy for every five years, three will have developed breast cancer anyway, and one would get breast cancer as a direct result of their hormone therapy. i think this is a new data, new information we did not know before about hrt, and it is extremely important that this information is taken into account in
new guidelines. i could not stop taking it and go back to howl new guidelines. i could not stop taking it and go back to how i was. i think my husband would lead me. the royal college of gps says patients should not panic and hormone therapy is an effective treatment for menopausal symptoms. is the process of becoming a british citizen too complicated and costly? that's the question a cross—party group of mps is asking, as the government reviews how the process works. currently, people hoping to become uk nationals have to pass a test about life in the uk, but is it too difficult? our home editor mark easton has been to wakefield to find out. # god save our gracious queen... around 150,000 foreigners are turned into british citizens every year, often at a ceremonies like this one in wakefield. but becoming british takes at least six years and, typically, can cost between £5,000 and £10,000, making it among the most laborious and
expensive in the world. i will be faithful and bear true allegiance... the home office even charges an extra fiver to take the oath! the government is reviewing part of the citizenship process so a good time to ask, how difficult should it be to become british? what does a good british citizen look like? and what does it mean to be british? we've assembled a jury of british citizens in the old courtroom at wakefield town hall. six born and bred here and six who havejust become british. all new citizens must pass a life in the uk test so we thought we would test ourjury‘s knowledge of britain. first, simply colour in the union flag. i've got the right colours but maybe not in the right places! i quite like that as a flag. completely wrong but quite nice! would be uk citizens are also tested on that
knowledge of british history. the repeal of the corn laws in 18116 was designed to do what? and geography. can they locate glasgow, cardiff and norwich on a map? all of which poses another question — is the life in the uk test a good measure of someone's suitability as a citizen? that's horrendous! that was harder than my o—level in history! we can't answer half of the questions and we've lived here all our lives. anyone disagree with that? yes, i do. i do disagree because if you want to live among certain people, you have to know something about them. next we challenged our two groups, citizens new... it's a little too brewed. ..and long—standing, to make what they regarded as a traditional british cup of tea. always add the sugar in afterwards and the milk in afterwards as well. is that important? yeah, it tastes different.
some people say put the milk in first. no. if they don't have a spoon, they put it in first! cunning! it's been suggested that new citizens should feel a sense of responsibility to volunteer in their local community. do you think that's right? no. no? no. why? because they don't even know the place, they're not familiar with it. what makes you better than me that i have to do it and you can't? it should be optional, if you want to do it. there is one british attribute often mentioned. how important it to know how to queue in britain? very. vary. very. i think it's the most important thing out of the whole thing we've discussed! as soon as they come out of the airport, let's teach them how to queue! queueing is key! how should a british citizen behave? among the government's official suggestions — introduce yourself to your neighbours, keep your garden tidy, only put your dustbins out
if they are due to be collected. now, advice like that does seem, well, very british. mark easton, bbc news, wakefield. time for a look at the weather, here's louise lear. i bet her mind my peas and keys. hastings on the south coast has been lovely to date with a decent sunny spells around, temperatures into the mid 20s in south—east england. but in the highlands of scotland we have seen some in the highlands of scotland we have seen some rain and it is producing localised flooding and i suspect there is the potential for further flooding as well. some of that rain is fairly persistent. it will move in from northern ireland across western scotland and it will intensify and become more widespread through the night. elsewhere, we will see more clout and temperatures on the mild side, generally between ten and 15 degrees. we will start off tomorrow again with contrasting
weather conditions. the rain will linger across northern ireland and western scotland, it may be as much as three inches on high ground. weather warnings will remain in force throughout the day. elsewhere, we see the clouds gathering in the rain arrived in north—west england and wales, but as the front pushes south—east, it will weaken considerably. we could get more sunshine and warmth in the south if are lucky. here potentially around 23 or 2a, but already the cooler, fresher weather is setting up in the north—west, 15—17 at the very best. as the front continues to sweep its way south—east, the north—westerly flow ta kes way south—east, the north—westerly flow takes over way south—east, the north—westerly flow ta kes over a nd way south—east, the north—westerly flow takes over and showers across north and west facing coasts. but we will all be talking about the feel of the weather on sunday. the 1st of september, so a light autumn feel to it and temperatures will be
this is bbc news, the headlines. the prime minister pledges billions of pounds over the next three years to england's schools. i think it will make an enormous difference. the devil will be in the detail, it will be interesting to see how much money we get next year, rather than how much in three years because costs rise. boris johnson warns that parliamentarians are reducing chances of a good deal by blocking exit. there has been a wave of arrests in hong kong ahead of a planned pro—democracy rally tomorrow. the protest has now been banned. there are fears for the great barrier reef, its outlook is downgraded to very poor as climate change causes mass bleaching of the coral.